Consequently, the distinctive Sydney Tower seemed to pop up in many of our photos. The building was completed in 1981 and is 309m tall (to the top of the spire).
The largest and most impressive building in St Albans is the cathedral, which was commenced in 1077, expanded and modified over the subsequent centuries and restored in the 19th century. Today the overall plan and many of the details like arches and windows are Norman.
The square central tower is especially notable, since it is the only surviving 11th century crossing tower in England. It looks very striking from inside.
The central tower of St Mary in Castro (literally St Mary within the Castle) was covered in scaffolding when we visited Dover Castle last month. We weren’t too bothered, since there is something fascinating about scaffolding.
But in this case there was an added plus. Visitors were allowed to climb the scaffolding to the top, for great views across the nave of the church with the Roman lighthouse on the left and the castle on the right.